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Scenes from last night

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 29, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees enjoyed last night. They enjoyed CC Sabathia’s insanely good start. They enjoyed something like 15 or 16 sacrifice flies. They enjoyed what player after player called the first step toward a bigger goal.

“This is just the first step,” Mark Teixeira said. “We have to get into the playoffs to win the World Series.”

Some things are almost certainly going to change in the next five days. Joe Girardi is going to rest some of his everyday guys and he’s going to lineup his rotation for the division series, but the Yankees are going to the playoffs. And they enjoyed getting there.

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101 Responses to “Scenes from last night”

  1. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    These are great! Thanks, Chad.

  2. JM September 29th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    The last one is a classic!

    Repost from last thread:

    JM September 29th, 2010 at 8:54 am
    MTU and JCPD,

    Thanks for the great clinching photo tributes!

    And GB, love the video!

    Happy morning in Yankeeland.

    I was at a concert last night and missed the whole game (luckily I had a friend texting me almost play by play, which meant I kept looking at my phone, which after awhile began to annoy the people I was with, LOL).

    How did Mo look last night?

  3. Erin September 29th, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Awesome pictures! Love Robbie in his goggles. :D

  4. Bronx Jeers September 29th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I’m very proud of Alex.

    He seemed to be the only guy not donning goggles. :wink:

  5. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Erin -

    Did you see Robbie in the post-game interview with Kim? He looked really fine. :)

  6. Rich in NJ September 29th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    As Teix said last night: “Times 2.”

  7. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I don’t recall Jeet in goggles either…at least Tex didn’t have his ski goggles on!

  8. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I am happy, especially for the young guys, that they celebrated a playoff berth…still hopeful for the AL east pennant, but if they go as the WC, so be it.

  9. Erin September 29th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 9:02 am
    Erin -

    Did you see Robbie in the post-game interview with Kim? He looked really fine

    *******************************
    Doreen-unfortunately no, I was stuck watching the Toronto feed. :(

  10. Fran the original September 29th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Kate,

    Bob Lorenz said on the postgame that the “veteran” guys just put their heads down when the guys approached to douse them.

  11. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 September 29th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    The celebrations last night were great. The rookies really drenched jeter, which is always enjoyable to watch. Andy was running around in that adorable hip hip jorge shirt, and yeah lets just saying i was not complaining about cano’s tight black shirt :)

    soo relieved to watch some stress free baseball for the next few days. The last few weeks were not that fun lol

  12. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I thought I knew most of the players but can someone tell me the names of the players, left to right, in the 2nd photo?

    JM- Did not see MO’s appearance for the final two outs, but an article in todays Post stated that he has been working with Eiland the last two days on adjusting the hand placement on the ball.

  13. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    NYY626 –

    “The last few weeks were not that fun.”

    You can say that again!!!! :lol:

  14. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 9:17 am

    NYY626
    agree! My favorite series are usually the ones w/ the red sox, but those games were way too stressful this time, and AJ is down right painful to watch

  15. Erin September 29th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    NYY626 – Andy in 2011 September 29th, 2010 at 9:12 am
    and yeah lets just saying i was not complaining about cano?s tight black shirt

    *************************
    OK, now I’m really mad I couldn’t watch the postgame. Stupid Toronto feed. :x

  16. blake September 29th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Mo only faced two batters but he was still getting the ball in the middle of the plate a bit too often…Wells hit a laser right at Gardner but he made a good pitch on a back door cutter to end the game. I’m still not overly concerned about Rivera but I do think they need to get him some innings this weekend to iron things out.

  17. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Erin -

    Go to Yesnetwork.com. There’s a clip of Robbie and Kim.

  18. JM September 29th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Thanks blake and Yankee Trader. I had read a comment somewhere that he still didn’t look right and was just wondering what everyone here thought.

  19. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 September 29th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Doreen – im sure the blog was even less fun the past few weeks than the actual games. Ive been avoiding the interwebs a bit lol

    Upstate Kate – Sunday’s red sox game was one of the most stressful games ive watched in a long time ( and yes i know we won but i hated every minute of that game, I was on edge for 4 hours)

    Erin – sorry about that :( but just google the pictures :)

  20. Erin September 29th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 9:19 am
    Erin -

    Go to Yesnetwork.com. There?s a clip of Robbie and Kim.

    ****************************
    Thanks Doreen!

  21. pat September 29th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Erin

    No Yankee fan should be unhappy today

    http://web.yesnetwork.com/medi.....d=12556311

  22. pat September 29th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Did anyone see any of The Tenth Inning last night?

  23. sunny615 September 29th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Anyone know what the hats said? Was it division champs? wild card champs? playoff bound? just happy we finally made it?

  24. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I recorded it Pat but didn’t even take a peek

  25. blake September 29th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I think they said that Rivera was just getting on the side of the ball a little bit and it was flattening the cutter out….In addition to that he’s just been behind in counts more than usual as he’s been just missing locations. Gettting back on top of the ball should help his command and give that cutter more depth…I think he will be fine.

  26. Bronx Jeers September 29th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Yankee Trader

    Nova-Nunez-Miranda-Robbie-Mitre-Cervelli

    I think.

  27. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Watching the clips, I’m noticing how diligent the kids were about putting their empties right in the trash! :lol:

  28. JM September 29th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    blake,

    yes, i have to say that mo is the least of my worries with this team. i was just worried he might be hiding an injury of some kind.

  29. Bronx Jeers September 29th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Anyone know what the hats said?

    ———

    Playoffs 2010

  30. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    sunny
    they just said:
    Playoffs
    20 NY 10
    another marketing ploy by mlb

  31. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 September 29th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    is anyone really going to buy a playoffs 2010 hat? Not to sound like a snob, but yeah….lol

  32. Erin September 29th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    pat September 29th, 2010 at 9:25 am
    Erin

    No Yankee fan should be unhappy today

    http://web.yesnetwork.com/medi…..d=12556311

    **************************
    Thanks for the link pat!!

    I feel much better now. :D

  33. blake September 29th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    JM,

    I agree…I think he’s healthy, just in a bit of a funk.

  34. sunny615 September 29th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Interesting analysis from Morosi over at Foxsports:

    If the season ended today, the second-place Yankees would play the first-place Minnesota Twins in the American League Division Series. The Tampa Bay Rays, who effectively lead New York by 1 1/2 games because of a tiebreaker, would pair up with the Texas Rangers.

    And if the Bombers are smart, they will keep it that way.

    Sure, a division title could mean home-field advantage until the World Series. But it wouldn?t be worthwhile. Not in this case. Because if the Yankees win the AL East, they probably wouldn?t face their optimal first-round opponent.
    And make no mistake: The Twins are their optimal first-round opponent.

    Minnesota?s Ron Gardenhire is a great manager. One of the best in baseball. But the Yankees have whipped his teams to the tune of a 54-18 record since 2002.

    Yes, that?s a .750 winning percentage. Yes, that includes the playoffs.

    The Twins have won two postseason games against the Yankees during their half-century in Minnesota. Johan Santana started both. And to paraphrase Rick Pitino, he isn?t walkin? through that door.

    Gardenhire has already announced the first three pitchers in his postseason rotation: Francisco Liriano, Carl Pavano and Brian Duensing, in that order.

    Not one of them owns a victory over the Yankees.

    I?m not talking about this season. I?m talking about their careers. They are a collective 0-6 with a 4.57 ERA in 69 innings.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....pot-092810

  35. Bronx Jeers September 29th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I like Alex’s comments about the game.

    “Best game we played in a while…..sacrifices…getting guys in from 3rd….defense…pitching….if we play like this in the postseason I like our chances”

  36. JM September 29th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    blake,

    Mo goes through these little down periods every year; it’s just this one seemed much worse than usual (but maybe that was just because the whole team was slumping at the same time so the blown saves were really magnified). I figure it just has to be a slump because he was lights out for most of the season, actually pitching as well as he ever has. He couldn’t just lose it overnight.

  37. CR9 September 29th, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Great pictures! Love Alex!

  38. blake September 29th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I don’t totally buy in to all of the “Yankees own the Twins” stuff. Liriano could pose problems for the Yankees….maybe more than Lee as he has more overpowering stuff and the Yankees have seen him less. The Twins are a better team than the Rangers….especially if Hamilton isn’t 100%….

  39. blake September 29th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    JM,

    I agree. He’s been as good as ever for most of the season….you don’t just lose it like that. He’s just missing spots…he’ll get it together.

  40. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I really don’t care who the Yankees face…I gave up wishing for opponents when I wanted Cleveland over the Angels in 07…I have confidence they can beat whoever they face.

  41. Rich in NJ September 29th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    There is absolutely no analysis in the Morosi piece.

  42. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    sunny615 -

    The only thing is, it makes me nervous because my first thought is, “they’re due.” The other thought is, they’re (the Twins) are going to be tough because they’re going to want to get over that hump. They may be especially motivated. The Rangers may just be satisfied with finally get to the playoffs after an extended period of time. All these things run through my head.

    But if the Yankees play well, it won’t matter.

  43. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    upstate kate -

    Exactly!!! The Yankees walked all over Cleveland in 2007 during the regular season. So much for that. :(

  44. Don Vito A. Bellamo September 29th, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Yankees will win both AL East and HFA by exactly one game, BOOK IT, Dan-O ! :-)

  45. Shame Spencer September 29th, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Morning all! Awesome win last night, I’m glad we can all breathe easy for a week or so..

    Just playing devil’s advocate though: As much as I love seeing the boys celebrate and personally have no issues with the alcohol situation in the club houses after clinching, does anyone ever wonder what kind of mixed message that sends to kids?

  46. tyanksfan36 September 29th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I watched all the postgame interviews on the YES site and I like Andy in the hip hip Jorge shirt. Robbie did look good in his tight shirt, thought it was funny that he said he changed cause it was cold and he didn’t want to get sick. I hope Brackman gets a chance to pitch, now that they’ve clinched I’m sure he will. How exciting for him.

  47. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Shame
    as you probably remember that issue came up last year w/ the Angels following Nick Adenhart’s death. I also wondered what Josh Hamilton did when the Rangers celebrated.

    that being said, it appears more champagne/beer is sprayed than consumed.

    I have no problem w/ it. I know my son occasionally consumes adult beverages, but I am sure he is much more influenced by his peers than by team celebrations.

  48. Shame Spencer September 29th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    upstate kate – I agree, I also really have no issue with it, but it was the first time I really gave it any thought as I watched the guys celebrate. Its just strange sometimes seeing the same writers that bash guys for getting DUIs standing there laughing as they get splashed by excess beer/champagne from the players.

  49. Erica in NY September 29th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Good morning everyone!

    I need to make a confession. I was in DVR purgatory last night and missed the celebration. I feel terrible :-(

  50. ConcernedCitizen September 29th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Just got tix for ALCS Home Game 2 (knock on wood). It was weird – they were a lot harder to get this time around. Has anyone else tried to grab tix?

  51. Mgumpher September 29th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Given the first round is a short series, any team, even the “worse” team, could win.

    It doesn’t matter which teams face each other, as even Burnett can pitch a shutout once in a while… even this season. Same with great pitchers having a clunker.

    Imagine how the media would react if Doc gets lit up in his first post season game. They will immediately deem him a failure who chokes in the “biggest” game. Or some other such thing.

    The one advantage that the Yanks have facing the Twins is that the Twins might play much tighter facing the Yankees, and that can lead to pressing or trying to do too much. Slight edge, but that can disappear quickly if they win the first game.

  52. sunny615 September 29th, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Well, the Yanks are back by 1 1/2 games to the rays (as the rays beat the yanks in head to head) so a tie would give the Rays the division (much like the Yanks over Boston a fwe years ago). So with five games to play, the Rays’ number is 4.

    I get what you’re saying Doreen, but in my mind, i think it comes down to who the Yanks matchup better with. The Twins’ rotation or the Rangers’ rotation. Liriano, Pavano and Duensing or Lee, Wilson and Lewis. Personally I think the Yanks would do better against the Twins and Liriano than the Rangers and Lee. But either way, like you said, the offense has to show up first.

  53. tbone1570 September 29th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Shame,

    The issue isn’t (or shouldn’t be) consuming alcohol, it’s about not driving (or the boneheads that do drive) afterwards.

  54. sunny615 September 29th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Well, I was busy fighting with my wife Erica, so don’t feel that bad.

  55. pat September 29th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Erica

    All the interviews are on yesnetwork.com so you can “celebrate” with the Yankees at your leisure.

  56. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    sunny615 -

    Oh, for certain, when my mind wanders into that territory, it’s got nothing to do with statistics and matchups! :lol:

  57. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I am also guessing parts of the celebration will be on the pregame show

  58. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Erica -

    To add to pat’s post – it won’t be any different from watching it “live,” because they kept cutting away from the celebration/interviews to the studio.

  59. Erica in NY September 29th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    pat September 29th, 2010 at 10:29 am
    Erica

    All the interviews are on yesnetwork.com so you can ?celebrate? with the Yankees at your leisure
    *****************

    Very good to know!

  60. Erica in NY September 29th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 10:30 am
    Erica -

    To add to pat?s post ? it won?t be any different from watching it ?live,? because they kept cutting away from the celebration/interviews to the studio.
    ****************

    Obviously, this means the Yankees MUST advance at least one more round so I can be sure to catch the next celebration live

  61. Tom in N.J. September 29th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I seem to remember that the Yankees of the late 90s would use non-alcoholic drinks when celebrating because of Strawberry.

    It could be wrong…

  62. Joe from Long Island September 29th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I don’t like to wish for certain opponents in the postseason. Every one of the teams is a good one, and anything can happen. Just got to play hard and beat whomever you’re facing.

  63. blake September 29th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Joe,
    I agree…beat whoever you play.

  64. tyanksfan36 September 29th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I would rather see the Yankees play the Twins and that’s only because the Yanks have not looked good at all against Texas this season. 3 walkoffs and Mo blowing the save twice. One of the dads of a little boy where I work was messing with me saying that my Yankees needed the heimlich cause they’re choking(this was last friday after they had pooped out the last 2 games against Tampa) I told him I’d gladly have them take the wildcard if it meant they faced the Twins. I like their chances against Minny much better.

  65. pat September 29th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Detroit and Cleveland taught me to be careful who you wish for.

  66. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    my sentiments exactly Pat

    I will throw this out there FWIW…last year I thought playing in the cold weather of NY really helped the Yankees beat the Angels…maybe that will be an advantage playing a warm weather Texas team

    Erin
    maybe we see the return of Ninja Robbie :)

  67. Noreaster September 29th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    What a season by Cano. I was looking at his defensive stats: 3 errors, 5.02 Range Factor, .996 Fielding Percentage. As a matter of fact, the whole team, except for Cisco, fielded well this season. We lead the league by a wide margin in least errors. Talk about run prevention!

  68. West Coast Yankee Fan September 29th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I don’t think spraying beer and champagne around a clubhouse in celebration sends any message to kids at all, other that they are celebrating. It’s no different than a New Years’s celebration or a wedding. There is no connection at all between it and getting behind the wheel of a car. Besides, since when did athletes need to celebrate an achievement to have a reason to act badly?

  69. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    The only wish was to get into the playoffs. Mission accomplished. Now, we wait and watch, and hopefully enjoy!

  70. JEKIKASO September 29th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    1 Other factor…. Yanks have more exposure to post-season, pressure packed games. I think that will be a determining factor as well

  71. Erin September 29th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Way off topic, but I thought it was funny.

    BloggingBombers I love that the Air Canada online check-in just asked me if my baggage tomorrow would contain antlers or horns.

  72. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Doreen
    my wish was to get to the play offs and have the red sox and angels not make it…so that mission was also accomplished!
    which reminds me, how was your daughter’s Yankees/red sox experience?

  73. Erin September 29th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Erin
    maybe we see the return of Ninja Robbie

    ********************************
    kate, we had better see the return of Ninja Robbie!!! The weather better be nice and cold. ;)

  74. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    upstate kate -

    Mixed. They lost. And she and the boy ended up the day with “let’s just be friends.” :?

    But, she saw – yikes – Clay Buchholz in the Sox pen and she was happy about that. :shakesheadindisbelief:

  75. UnKnown September 29th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Chad, Was that you in the bright red poncho walking around the clubhouse during the celebration last night? lol

  76. Shame Spencer September 29th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I think some people took my post wrong, its more a commentary on a schizophrenic society when it comes to the consumption of alcohol.

    A lot of the people here that would say its no big deal would also be complaining about the drunks in the bleachers who yell obscenities in front of their kids.

  77. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Doreen
    Don’t feel bad. As you know, I have 2 sisters that are red sox fans. One has a daughter who was a big Johnny Damon fan, but has transferred her affection to Nick Swisher. I think it is teen age rebellion.
    The other sister has a son whose room is a shrine to Derek Jeter, he has been a DJ fan since he was young.
    While my son is not a big fan of baseball, at least the Yankees are his team!

  78. Joe from Long Island September 29th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    antlers and horns in baggage….only in Canada, lol….

  79. G. Love September 29th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I agree with Joe from LI.

    You never wish for an opponent in the post season. Especially, when it’s one who you always beat.

    In the NBA there was always the thought that you had to lose to a team several times in the playoffs in order to learn how to win. The Pistons had to lose to the Celtics. The Bulls had to lose to the Pistons. The Knicks had to lose to the Bulls. Etc.

    There’s a progression to becoming a champion in sports and it usually involves not repeating the mistakes of the past.

    That said, we’re playing Minnesota barring a complete collapse by the Rays.

    I’m thrilled we’re in with this much time to spare.

    But I don’t know how we make up 1.5 games with 4 left unless Tampa decides to rest everyone too or they tank games because they want Minnesota over Texas in the first round.

    That said, there are some kids on our roster that want to show their stuff in these last 4 so I don’t expect the team not to compete.

    And whoever wins tonight’s Guess The Lineup should win something.

    I love that Boston is closing our their season against us in Fenway with three meaningless games.

  80. JM September 29th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    # pat September 29th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Detroit and Cleveland taught me to be careful who you wish for.
    ____________________________

    Absolutely. I no longer wish for particular opponents in the postseason. If the Yanks play up to their capabilities, (which really, except for a few spots, they haven’t all year IMO), it will not matter who they face.

    If the offense remains maddeningly inconsistent or the pitching doesn’t show up, it will be an early exit no matter who they are playing.

  81. Noreaster September 29th, 2010 at 11:04 am

    “I love that Boston is closing our their season against us in Fenway with three meaningless games.”

    I love that too! It’s been a quiet year for baseball in the north east.

  82. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 11:04 am

    oh I beg to differ Joe…I found an elk antler when we were hiking in NM which was quite an adventure to get home…altho now that I think about it, we may have UPSed it home.

  83. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    G. Love -

    We haven’t played GTLU since August 31. BUT, if anyone is interested for tonight – I’m game. I even have an extra prize leftover, so if someone were to guess tonight’s lineup, I could send a prize.

    What say anyone?

  84. Tom in N.J. September 29th, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I just saw the highlights of Jay Bruce’s home run.

    How awsome was that?

  85. Noreaster September 29th, 2010 at 11:06 am

    My biggest question is what to do with AJ this postseason. I’d rather pitch Nova in the 4th spot than pitching AJ right now. With AJ, you might not just lose the game, but you might blow up your bullpen.

  86. pat September 29th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Doreen

    Male friends are good to have.

    They know other guys.

    A friend of a friend is a built in background check in the dating world. :wink:

  87. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    pat -

    I agree.

    This was a nice guy, but I could see where it was going to end up – have to just let it happen. :)

  88. Erin September 29th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Doreen-I’ll definitely play GTLU if you decide to do it today. My prize is running low. ;)

  89. JM September 29th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Doreen,

    If anyone is smart (or lucky) enough to guess tonight’s line-up, they will deserve a prize!

    I am hoping that Arod can get one more homerun in the next four games to keep his 30 HR streak alive.

  90. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Tom in NJ -

    It was a 10 on the awesomeness scale!!!

  91. G. Love September 29th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Doreen,

    The odds of winning GTLU tonight have to be astronomical. It should be brought out of retirement just for tonight!

  92. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Okay -

    So, I’ll do GTLU starting at noon and going until the official lineup is posted. (If anyone is not going to be around, I’ll take your lineups now.)

  93. Tom in N.J. September 29th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    tonights linup is going to look like a split-squad spring training away game- lots of kids and one or two ‘names’.

  94. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    YAY…GTLU

  95. Erin September 29th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    New Post- Girardi: ?I’ve got to pick my spots”

    :arrow:

  96. Yanksgal07 September 29th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Someone was trying to annoy my friend and they told him …The Yanks are 3 and out. His reply …that’s right …win 3 series and out to the parade … :) . Here’s to cheering on the Yankees all the way to the Canyon of Heroes ….

    Go Yankees 2010 !!!

  97. UnKnown September 29th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    GTLU (Special day after clinching a spot in the playoffs edition)

    Jeter SS
    Golson CF
    Thames DH
    Kearns RF
    Miranda 1b
    Cervelli C
    Russo LF
    Pena 3b
    Nunez 2b

  98. West Coast Yankee Fan September 29th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I’m ecstatic we made the grade and will be playing in the post-season. I do think HFA makes a difference though, playing a potentially decisive game in front of a packed Yankee Stadium crowd as opposed to Minnesota has got to mean a lot.

    Unfortunately, I think we all know that despite Girardi’s lip service to the contrary, this team will not be making the effort to get that done. Girardi is just out and out lying to the media and the fans when he says they are. Pettitte stepping aside for Vazquez today is just the first indication of that.

    I am aware that the rotation needs to get lined up for the post season, that Pettitte was hurt, older players need a rest, etc. But don’t BS the fans. It’s insulting. And of course the obvious observation is that we never should have been in this position in the first place, playing poorly down the stretch and having to timidly back into a post-season spot. I lay that blame at Joe Girardi’s feet, indecisive, flip-flopping, over managing, going to much by the book, throwing away games in July and August by putting AAA lineups in there, i.e., that series in Tampa comes to mid. This has not been his finest year as a manager.

    That having been said, we have a great shot at number 28. Our lineup despite being banged up is capable of putting up a ten spot on any given night against any pitcher out there. And Sabathia Pettitte and Hughes have the potential to shut teams down.

    I just hope we don’t see Girardi over manage these games. Let the guys play.

  99. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 29th, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    :D :D :D

    Of course none of it had to do with the rotation not performing, Andy being injured, the offense not delivering RISP (what was it, 32 players left on base in one series?), playing through injuries and being without the services of Aceves and Marte. And Mariano blowing 6 saves. (That would have been 6 more wins right there.) It was ALL about indecisive yada yada yada yada. But what a hell of a job that indecisive yada yada yada did of keeping the Yankees in first place for most of the regular season.

    Simply amazing.

    :roll:

  100. BIG AL September 29th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    MTU -

    Great tribute, as always.

    Makes me want to pack my bags and move.

  101. BIG AL September 29th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    JCPD -

    Great pictures of the falls, love the night shot, thanks for sharing – nice tribute.


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